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Newsletter July 2012

by gyca on 16/07/2012

Diamond Jubilee Big Luch - Grappenhall Community CentreDespite the rain we had a good turn out to our ‘Big Lunch’ to celebrate the Queens Diamond Jubilee. This was another Free event organised by the ‘Friends’ of the GYCA.

Entertainment was provided by the Chicago Teddy Bears and a fabulous BBQ was put on by the local Scout Group, along with side shows and games for all ages. Everyone made an effort to come along in their red, white and blue attire, metres and metres of bunting were put up inside and outside the Community Centre and even the home made cakes had a patriotic theme.

It is now almost 2 years since the current Management Committee came into being in July 2010 and those of you who use the Community Centre and The Bellhouse Club regularly will know what massive changes have taken place during this time:

  • Lowering the fence around the Beer Garden
  • Redecoration of The Bellhouse Club
  • New toilets in the Ladies
  • Refitting of the kitchen in the Olde Barn including new catering fridge and cooker
  • Reorganising of storage in the Olde Barn so chairs and tables are stored out of sight
  • Purchase of new tables for Olde Barn
  • Renovation of the garden at the front of the Parish Council offices
  • Removal of dead trees
  • Upgrade of the projector, screen and sound systems throughout
  • New website
  • Free WiFi throughout Old Barn, Committee Room and Bellhouse Club
  • Fitting new programmer controls to the existing boilers
  • Renovation of the committee room to provide a state of the art training room
  • Renovation of the glass wash area
  • External renovations to the guttering and weatherboarding
  • New UPVC windows in Pre School
  • Fitting new LED lighting, a Green option with long term money saving benefits
  • Radiator covers in Pre School
  • Introduction of Free Community Events, ie Christmas Tree Lighting, Diamond Jubilee Lunch, Village Fete etc.
  • Complete renovation of the Gym into a bright well equipped sports/badminton hall.

There have been some new additions to our regular programme of events in that every 3rd Friday we now have live music in the Club House and the Quiz Night will recommence from Saturday 14th July 8.30 for a 9:00pm start.  This will be a Charity Quiz with a difference,  with teams of up to 6 people, come along and try your hand, even hardened quiz goers will find this a little bit out of the ordinary.


During the past two years we have been extremely lucky to have had help from Janet Richards the Parish Clerk in assisting us to get grants to help with some of the major refurbishments, ie the Gym and the Kitchen. Further funding has been provided by the ‘Friends’ of the GYCA when available.

We have  just heard that we have secured a £40,000 WREN Grant towards the cost of replacing the central heating boilers which will cost a total of £47,500.

The current boilers are the original ones installed over 30 years ago and are inefficient, costly to run and are now obsolete. The worry is that they will fail in the winter and we will not be able to source the parts to repair them.

Although a £40,000 grant will go a long way to carrying out this work, this money cannot be accessed WITHOUT US RAISING £7,500 ourselves to ‘match fund’. If we do not raise the funding and carry out the work within 12 months we lose the grant.

It is a massive task for the Management Committee, The Friends and Staff to undertake alone and we need your help to raise this money.

We will be putting on some extra events during the coming weeks and months and need your support.  If you would like to organise a fund raising event, or have an idea for an event, please speak to anyone of the above groups who will be delighted to assist, if not please come along and attend the events.

Donations may be made through ‘Just Giving’ (click to dontate) or donations may be posted into the collection box in the bar, or handed in to the Manager.


AGM   -  Wednesday 25th July in the Olde Barn at 7.30pm

New Charity Quiz Night – Start Date Saturday 14th July at 9pm.

Afternoon Tea and Homebakes – Sunday 5th August and Sunday 19th August 2pm to 4pm in the Marquee

Village Fete – Saturday 5th September 12:00 to 4pm

Wine Tasting – 12th October

Halloween – 26th October

Tree Lighting Ceremony / Santa’s Grotto Opening – 1st December

Pantomime – Puss in Boots – 15th December 1.30pm


The Annual General Meeting of the Grappenhall Youth and Community Association will take place at 7:30pm on Wednesday 25th July 2012 in the Olde Barn.

  1. The purpose is as follows:
  2. To receive apologies
  3. To receive and adopt the report of the trustees for the year ended 31st March 2012 and the independent examiner’s report thereon.
  4. To elect Directors
  5. Any other business of which prior notice is not required.

Following the formal business of the meeting, there will be presentations on topics of current interest.  Members will be invited to putquestions and comments on such topics and any other matters of relevance to the Association.

Click to download full details: GYCA-AGM-Notice-July-2012


Newsletter January 2012

by gyca on 10/01/2012

Happy New Year To You All.

Our Christmas festivities started with our Tree Lighting Ceremony which was kindly attended by the Mayor of Warrington, Cllr Mike Biggin, with carols sung by the St Wilfrid’s Choir and the lights being switched on yet again by Santa’s magic.

Hamper Donated by Davidsons Scrap Metal

This year Santa and his Elf had their very own Winter Wonderland Grotto and Sitting Room in which to receive the children. Over 80 children visited the Grotto and received a gift from Santa before he sat down to a well-earned rest and a mince pie or two…

We have again been extremely lucky to receive sponsorship from Davidsons Scrap Metal of Altrincham who donated a fabulous Hamper worth over £150 which was raffled on the 23 December and won by Dave Sisson.

We again opened on Christmas Day for a couple of hours and it was wonderful to see so many families enjoying a couple of drinks while the turkey was cooking at home. The ‘bottle’ raffle was drawn and miraculously one of the prize winners was ‘Bonny the Dog’ I hope she enjoyed her bottle of wine…

We have continued with our programme of improvements including the Committee Room which now has a practical wood laminate floor plus all the equipment required to make this a super venue for smaller meetings including a projector, screen, white board and flip chart.  Some of the money for this was provided by way of a Grant from the Warrington Charities Trust.

An entrance has been made from the Olde Barn into what was the old cellar to make more storage for tables and chairs when not in use in the function room. We also, at considerable expense, had the floor in the Olde Barn stripped back, sanded and re-sealed to bring it back to its former glory, this will be well received by the various groups and dance groups who use this room.

On Friday 18 November all the Management Committee attended the Rotary Charter Night at the Firgrove Hotel where we were extremely lucky to be awarded a donation of £1000 towards further repairs and improvements to the GYCA buildings.

The quotes are now all in for the proposed work in the gym. This has taken some time as they have all had to be prepared on a like for like basis. Work should start in the next few weeks. This will be carried out, as far as possible, with little or no disruption to the groups who use this facility.

Over the past few months a new class running in our Gym by Matthew Ruffley of Cheshire Fit Camps have been ‘Getting fit for Charity’. They managed to raise a marvellous amount of £350 which will be used to purchase new badminton nets for the gym.

Unfortunately we are still waiting on the outcome of our Wren Grant application for the replacement of the gas heating boilers. In the meantime, we have upgraded the heating controls and now have a state of the art programmer where we are already seeing the savings in our monthly gas bills. This is not only a money saving exercise, but also improves our green credentials massively.

The next step will be the replacement of some more of the windows in the centre with upvc.

Bar Staff on Christmas Eve

We have seen two members of staff promoted in the last few weeks of 2011. Angela McCabe and Steve Broadbent have been promoted to Duty Bar Stewards and are in charge of running the bar staff and bar operations on a day to day basis.

Part of their remit is now to think of new ways to encourage new customers to come in and enjoy our facilities.  To this end they will be running celebration evenings in the bar for the Chinese New Year on Friday 27th January when we will be showing a film and serving Chinese Dim Sum snacks.

They will also be running a St Valentine’s Day Massacre evening in the Olde Barn on Saturday 11 February, please watch the notice boards and on here for details.

We held a Christmas Quiz in December with a guaranteed prize of £100. The plan is to hold more themed quiz nights on a Wednesday, initially on a monthly basis. Here again please watch the notice boards for information.

Our next Social event is the Burns Night Celebration and Ceilidh on Saturday 21 January from 7.30pm.  This is a fabulous night with a two course hot meal and tot of whisky for just £12 or 6 for £66.  Be sure not to miss getting your tickets for this event as it’s always fully subscribed.

Saturday 7th January sees the start of our ‘In on the Night’ raffle which will be drawn on Saturday 28th January, where one lucky winner will leave with a cheque for £500.  See notice boards or here for details.

As in other years we are now already starting to plan our Beer Festival for May and celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

If  you are not on our e-mail list for updates on events, but would like to be, or you are on the list, but wish to be removed,  please contact Pauline on 01925 268633 or e-mail

Our newsletter publication is kindly sponsored by Davidsons Scrap Metal Dealers – a downloadable copy is available by clicking here


Newsletter Summer 2011

22 June 2011

As May approached the ‘Friends’ activity increased in readiness for our famous Beer Festival.  This year was the 15th Beer Festival and due to all the hard work from volunteers it was again a resounding success. Both the Friday and the Saturday evening sessions were Sold Out. This year for the first time, in addition […]

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Update following Special General Meeting

4 March 2011

Following the Special General Meeting held on 3rd March 2011, the Management Committee are pleased to announce that the Resolution :- “That pursuant to Clause 15 of the Constitution of the Grappenhall Youth and Community Association, the Grappenhall Youth and Community Association is dissolved voluntarily in favour of a Charitable Company limited by Guarantee, Grappenhall […]

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Newsletter – February 2011

1 February 2011

Christmas has been and gone and I am sure we are all missing seeing our wonderful Christmas Tree outside the club. The Christmas Tree was very kindly donated by Alf and Pauline Wadbrook from Christmas Tree Farm. Members of the St Wilfrid’s Choir sang Carols and mince pies and mulled wine were served to keep […]

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Special General Meeting – 3rd March 2011

31 January 2011

Following the Council Meeting held on 19th January 2011, the Management Committee wish to inform all Members that there will be a Special General Meeting on Thursday 3rd March. Venue: The Olde Barn Time: 7.30pm For further details please read the following document GYCA Notice (left click to open in your browser, or right click […]

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Newsletter – December 2010

10 December 2010

It’s now over three months since the new Management Committee took over the running of the Community Centre and Bellhouse Club and all the hard work is beginning to show, but we couldn’t do it without the steadfast support of our members and a dedicated team of volunteers. You the Members have rallied superbly to […]

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